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Information for Respondents

Overview

The Quarterly Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue provides quarterly estimates of state and local government tax revenue at a national level, as well as detailed tax revenue data for individual states.  This quarterly survey has been conducted continuously since 1962. The information contained in this survey is the most current information available on a nationwide basis for government tax collections.

This is a recurring quarterly survey of state and local tax revenue, as well as detailed tax revenue data for individual state governments. The state data covers the fifty state governments, as well as all dependent state-level governmental entities.

While the state data records are ultimately from state government sources, the classification of taxes among the different categories is the responsibility of the U.S. Census Bureau. Therefore, tax classification might not reflect the actual classification or presentation as supplied by the various state government respondents.

The survey measures tax revenues of state and local governments on a calendar quarter basis.

Ready to Report or Need Assistance?

To report online:

  1. Sign-in or Register at https://portal.census.gov
  2. Add your authentication code.
  3. Report by clicking on “REPORT NOW.” You can return to your account over multiple sessions to complete.
  4. For assistance completing this survey, please sign-in to your Census Bureau account at https://portal.census.gov and send us a secure message or call the customer help line at 1-800-832-2839, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
  5. Please visit How Do I Get Started? for additional information.
  6. Please visit How-To Video for information on Signing into the Respondent Portal, via your Census Bureau account.
  7. For survey specific information, please visit our FAQs.

Respondent Materials

To help you prepare for online reporting, click on the appropriate survey questions below. 
(All files are in Adobe PDF format and are for informational purposes only)

Authority

Title 13, United States Code, Sections 161 and 182, authorizes the Census Bureau to conduct this collection and to request your voluntary assistance.

Confidentiality

These data are subject to provisions of Title 13, United States Code, Section 9(b) exempting data that are customarily provided in public records from rules of confidentiality. Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data are protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data.

Survey Legitimacy

Below are a few common items you can use to verify the legitimacy of this survey:

  1. Ensure the Web address provided in the letter is a "census.gov" domain.
  2. Any email correspondence related to this survey will come from a census.gov address.
  3. On the sign-in screen, a warning message should be present stating the respondent is accessing a U.S. Government computer.
  4. After clicking on the “Report Now” button in the Respondent Portal, the OMB Number and OMB Approval Expiration information will appear in the upper right on all screens of the electronic reporting instrument. The bottom of the screen should have a link for the “Burden Statement” which also contains the OMB eight-digit number.

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